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Unit Eight. Grade Eight. 1. abut (v) to join at one end or be next to; to support, prop up syn : border on, bolster. 2. attire (n) clothes, apparel, garb ( v) to dress, adorn , or bedeck syn : (n) clothing.

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unit eight

Unit Eight

Grade Eight


2. attire (n) clothes, apparel, garb

  • (v) to dress, adorn, or bedeck
  • syn: (n) clothing

3. avail (v) to be of use or benefit to; to make use of; to take advantage of; to profit or benefit

  • (n) use, benefit, or value

6. divergent (adj) going in different directions; different from each other; departing from convention, deviant

  • syn: not in agreement, differing, unorthodox, unconventional
  • ant: merging, intersecting, converging, orthodox, conventional

7. enmity (n) hatred, ill-will

  • syn: hostility, animosity, antagonism
  • ant: friendship, amity

8. fervent (adj) very earnest, emotional, passionate; extremely hot

  • syn: enthusiastic, ardent, burning, blazing, scorching
  • ant: blasé, apathetic, restrained, emotionless

9. gaunt (adj) thin and bony, starved looking; bare, barren

  • syn: lean, scrawny, lanky, all skin and bones
  • ant: plump, chubby, stout, corpulent

10. infiltrate (v) to pass through or gain entrance to gradually or stealthily

  • syn: slip into, creep into, penetrate

11. nullify (v) to make of no value or consequence, cancel, wipe out

  • syn: invalidate, annul
  • ant: confirm, endorse, ratify, sanction

12. perceptible (adj) capable of being grasped by the senses or mind

  • syn: noticeable, discernible, observable
  • ant: invisible, unnoticeable, indiscernible

13. plummet (v) to plunge straight down

  • (n) a weight fastened to a line
  • syn: (v) take a nosedive
  • ant: (v) soar, skyrocket

14. proclaim (v) to declare publicly or officially

  • syn: announce, promulgate
  • ant: conceal, cover up

15. proxy (n) an agent, substitute; a written permission allowing one person to act in another’s place

  • syn: deputy, representative

16. rankle (v) to cause anger, irritation, or bitterness(with the suggestion that the pain grows worse with time)

  • syn: irritate, vex, nettle, irk, gall
  • ant: please, delight, gratify

17. scavenger (n) a person who collects or removes usable items from waste materials; an animal that feeds on refuse or dead bodies

  • syn: rummager

18. stint (v) to limit, be sparing or frugal;

  • (n) a limit or restriction; a fixed share of work or duty; a period of activity
  • syn: (v) restrict, scrimp, economize
  • ant: (v) splurge, squander, lavish

19. stoical (adj) self-controlled, not showing feeling in response to pleasure or pain

  • syn: unresponsive, impassive
  • ant: excitable, emotional, hotheaded

20. unflagging (v) tireless, continuing with vigor

  • syn: steady, undiminished, unremitting
  • ant: diminishing, drooping, sagging